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How To Test A Car Battery

An informed car owner knows how to self-diagnose issues with their vehicles. That is why we here at Koons Silver Spring Ford Lincoln want to walk you through the process of testing your car battery.

The first thing you should always do is to turn the car and all of the lights in your car off. You do not want to take a voltage measurement from your car battery when your vehicle is running. Next, connect the negative end of a voltmeter to the black terminal and the positive end to the red terminal of your car battery. The voltmeter…
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Steps to Avoid a Blown Tire

Having a tire blowout on your car is both inconvenient and dangerous. A blown tire can cause you to miss an appointment, and it will leave you scrambling to find a way to get back on the road. There are ways to help avoid this situation.

You should always keep your tires inflated to the proper level. Tires that are both under or overinflated can wear improperly leading to a possible blowout. Keeping your tires in proper alignment helps to prevent blowouts. Tires that are misaligned wear poorly and often go flat.
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Engine Cooling & Radiator Servicing on a Regular Basis

Keeping the cooling system in your vehicle maintained will ensure none of the engine moving parts overheat. These are some of the parts your local service technician will maintain.
  • The radiator hoses must be in good working order and the clamps secure so no coolant can escape the system.
  • Fan belts will be checked for damage and to be sure they are tight enough to operate the water pump and fan.
  • The water pump moves coolant from the radiator to block, and back, and if the bearings fail, the pump fails.
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Repairing and Replacing Your Battery

The battery is one of the most important parts of your car. It stores power so you can start it up every day. But they also have a limited lifespan. If you're having a problem with your battery, getting it diagnosed properly can be key. If the terminals or the cable end are the problem, replacing the battery itself won't help.

Signs that your battery may need service can seem obvious. For example, if your engine won't turn over, the battery is probably to blame. But there are more subtle hints, too. For example, dimmer headlights and…
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Use Your Eyes, Ears, and Nose to Test Your Battery

The car battery is the lifeblood of your vehicle, supplying power to get your engine moving and to make sure everything from your lights to your seat warmers is working. If you have a dead battery, you have a big problem. Use your senses to help you spot potential battery problems early on before you're stranded on the side of the road.

Look at your battery to make sure it's not swelling and that you are not low on battery fluid. Listen to your car start in the morning and make sure it's not struggling more than…

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Get Your Oil Changed Half As Much

Drivers who owned vehicles several decades ago were often warned about the dangers of overlooking an oil change. An oil change is still a very essential element of owning any car, truck or SUV. The amount of oil changes you need has changed. Vehicles have improved. Oil has improved in quality. This means the majority of vehicles in the market only need oil changes half as much as they once did.

You might have been told 20 years ago you needed an oil change every 3,000 miles. These days most vehicles can go 7,000 miles or more before…
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Get That Oil Change Done Before Winter

Winter is right around the corner, regardless of where you live. Even if it stays warm in the winter months, it never hurts to change the oil in your vehicle. Oil is such an important part of your vehicle. It keeps all of the parts working correctly. Old oil gets dirty and does not work as well as fresh oil. It is for this reason that you should stop by the service center and let the nice folks at Koons Silver Spring Ford Lincoln change your oil before winter sets in.

The last thing you want in Silver Spring is…
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Stay on Top of Your Vehicle Maintenance

Vehicle maintenance involves a lot of things. Not only should you get your vehicle checked from time to time by Koons Silver Spring Ford Lincoln, but you should also get the oil changed regularly and have your brakes serviced every 12,000 miles or at least once a year.

You can do a lot of things right at home, such as checking your tire pressure and topping up your fluids. For bigger issues, you will want to take it to the professionals at Koons Silver Spring Ford Lincoln to get it checked out. If you have a light indicator on…
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Staying Prepared Could Save Your Trip

When you are planning a road trip, you need to include some items to be prepared if something goes wrong. There are the essentials that you will need to change a flat tire – a lug wrench, jack, and spare tire – then there are items that you will need to assist you with some repairs. A flat tire is the easiest problem to envision because they are so common, but there are many items that will make the repair easier.

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